In the latest crackdown on dissent by the administration of Egyptian
President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, five leftist and liberal activists were
According to the families, the police raided their homes in the early
hours and took them to unknown locations. Among the detained were
lawyer Ziad Eleimy, journalists Hisham Foad and Hossam Mones, economist
Omar Shenety, and left-wing activist Osama Aqbwy.
Eleimy were arrested
by plainclothed officers from his friend’s home. A former member of
parliament, Eleimy was one of the prominent youth leaders of the 2011
Ford is a member of the Revolutionary Socialists movement. Shenety was detained Monday.
Ragab and human rights defender Baheyy Din Hassan said the detained
activists had recently met to discuss plans to run for next year’s
parliamentary elections as a joint opposition coalition between leftist
and liberal parties...
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